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City research fellow receives prestigious Fulbright Award

Award will enable Dr Shema Tariq to take up a visiting scholar's post in New York in order to analyse data from South Africa to explore reasons for late diagnosis of HIV infection
by George

nullDr Shema Tariq, an honorary research fellow at City University London's School of Health Sciences, has been selected from a strong applicant pool to receive a Fulbright Award to enable her to conduct research at Columbia University.

Created by treaty on 22 September 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission aims to foster mutual cultural understanding through educational exchange between the US and the UK.  It is one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programmes operating world-wide. It is funded by a range of partners including leading US and UK universities, charities and both governments.

Based at Columbia's internationally renowned HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies in New York City for four months, Dr Tariq will be analysing questionnaire and interview data to explore early and late presentation to HIV care in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

Currently working as an HIV and Sexual Health physician in London, Dr Tariq is passionate about improving services for marginalised groups having worked as a specialist doctor in East London since 2004, an area with considerable ethnic diversity and social deprivation. In 2008 she was awarded an MRC-fellowship at City University London to conduct her doctoral research into HIV and pregnancy in African migrant women, completing her PhD in 2013.

Commenting on receiving the award, Dr Tariq said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for me to build upon my doctoral research experience and to work with some of the leading HIV researchers in my field.  I hope that this work will inform the development of HIV testing programmes in an area where HIV prevalence is approaching 40 per cent."

"I am very grateful for the support and encouragement I have received from my former PhD supervisor Professor Jonathan Elford at City's School of Health Sciences.  I look forward to expanding my quantitative and qualitative research skills at the HIV Center, and using them to further inform HIV care within the NHS when I return to the UK."

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